This is weird right? I’m actually writing and (sob!) you’re not here…off gallivanting on a Melbourne camp – hope you’re having a fab time and I’m sure it will give you lots to blog about on Thursday 🙂
So recently I went for a job interview. After reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic in which she advises to maintain a day job while building your writing career, I have begun job hunting in earnest. The problem is how to find something with not too many hours, where they don’t expect me to live and die for the job, comparatively close to home and in which they actually want to employ me…being of a certain age and ‘over qualified’, etc.
I would love to work in the arts because well, I love the arts. And so the job interview was with a local arts organisation to work as a casual food and beverage attendant. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to get an interview – they’d want young whipper snappers, etc. So I left my degrees off my CV, tried to emphasize the fact that I did retail work in my 20s – honestly not THAT long ago and emphasized my passion for the arts. And yes, I won that interview.
It was a group interview with 7 of us. At the beginning we went around the circle saying who we were and why we wanted to work at said arts organisation. I swear everyone (apart from me and one other) said something to the effects of…
‘I’m 19, I’m studying at Deakin, my last paid job was with KFC and I’ve always loved the arts, etc.’
As it got closer to me, I’d already worked out my savvy comeback which began…
‘I’m Heather and I’m NOT 19…’
So far, so okay. Then the weird thing happened. We divided up into groups and we were presented with a scenario. Your plane crashes in the Brazilian jungle and is about to explode. You need to get out of there fast. You can take six items out of a possible 15 – what do you take? Yep, this is so we can serve people cokes and buckets of chips!
So in our group we eliminated the obvious – chocolate chip cookies and paperback novels – and settled on the sensible like a compass and a first aid kit. Meanwhile, the two potential employers sat at the front of the room WATCHING…
Then we had another scenario group thingy and then (admittedly this may have been where I crashed and burned) we had a ‘simple’ arithmetic test. Weird stuff like -86 + 122. I haven’t worked in negatives for a very long time!
Anyway, hope your introduction to potential employers (via the camp) is going better than my job hunting – I didn’t get the job 😦
And looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Love you heaps, Mum xo